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'Indian education needs greater thrust on skill and personality development' - says Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2014

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'Indian education needs greater thrust on skill and personality development' - says Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2014

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 Published : Thursday, 04 September, 2014 12:43 PM
 
  • In India, 50% of the students entering any class lack the required skills; Teachers (94%) consider skill and personality development as the most critical benchmark for measuring learner success
  • Teachers (92%) feel that the Indian education system is highly focused on ‘exam-oriented learning’ than ‘holistic learning’
  • In driving the desired ‘learner outcomes’, teachers are least satisfied with support received from Parents (54%) 
Indian teachers have voiced their opinions on the current state of India’s learning environment through ‘Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2014’. They feel that half of the students (50%) entering a class or grade lack the skills (academic, cognitive and vocational) required for that level, signifying low orientation of the system on skill development.
 
 
This is further substantiated as majority of the teachers (92%)believe that India’s assessment system, primarily, focuses on exam results. In fact, teachers consider skill and personality development (94%) as the most important benchmark for measuring learner success, followed by preparedness for higher education and job (83%) and lastly the test and exam results (57%). 
 
 
For achieving the desired learning outcomes, the survey reveals that teachersare least satisfied with the support they receive from parents (54%) and policymakers (55%). 
 
Released on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Voice of Teacher Survey is an annual initiative of Pearson, the world’sleading learning company. The survey focuses on topical issues facing Indian education sector and shares teachers' perspective on the changing dynamics of the ecosystem. The 2014 edition of the survey focuses on the education system’s ability to drive learner outcomes and the challenges facedin achieving the same. 
 

   Teacher perspective at the state- level:

 o  Improvement in learning        environment
  • Highest - Karnataka (91%)
  • Lowest- Telengana (64%)
 o  Students with skills adequate  for  their class/level
  • Highest - Karnataka (58%)
  • Lowest -Andhra Pradesh (43%)
 o  Technology perceived as an  enabler of learner outcomes
  • Highest – Jharkhand (61%)
  • Lowest – Delhi (45%)
 o  Perceived mismatch between syllabus and learner needs
  • Highest % of teachers perceiving this a challenge - Telengana (77%)
  • Lowest – Jharkhand (48%)
 o  Focus of students and parents  on exam results
  • Highest – Madhya Pradesh (72%)
  • Lowest – Kerala (61%)
  (% figure indicates the response  of teachers at state level)

 

The survey represents the views of 5145 teachers from schools and higher education institutes across 247cities and towns in India.One  of the leading strategicmarket intelligence consultancies in Asia Pacific region- Spire Research and Consulting – partnered with Pearson for the survey.

 

However the silver lining of the findings showed in teacher’s (79%) belief that the learning environment has improved over the past decade.  The perception varies by segment/ level - school teachers view the   changes more favorably (93%) vis-à-vis their counterparts in higher education (71%).

The survey also reveals that the teachers consider real- life and practical exposure (63%) as the key factor indriving learning outcomes, followed by technology integration into teaching (51%), training on new methodologies (49%) and improved curriculum and assessment framework (44%).

Sharing the survey findings, Mr. Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director, Pearson India, said, “At Pearson India, we continue to follow the age old tradition of respecting teachers and their views. With this thought, we launched the Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey in 2013. It is our attempt to share their views with the world.”

Pearson as an organization is dedicated to help people make measurable progress in their lives through learning. With the current survey, our aim is to look at the learning environment in India, through the lens of teaching community.”

With this, Pearson India also announced the annual ‘Thank Your Teacher’campaign -a nationwide initiative encouragingstudents -past and present, to come forward and thank their teachers. One of the major highlights of this year is the new ‘Telfie Salute’ – urging students to upload a Selfie with their favourite teacher on http://www.pearsonthankyourteacher.in/telfie/. Through this initiative, students can send out thank you notes, pictures and videosoftheir favorite teachers.

The first edition - Pearson Voice of Teacher 2013 - witnessed a generous participation from more than 3,300 teachers from schools and higher education institutes across 220 cities in India. This survey re-emphasized the nobility of the profession, the 2013 result asserted that teachers value students’ gratitude more than any other form of reward or benefit.

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